June 15, 2017 | Posted in The Mermaid & The WolF Adventures

“You should tell me,” insists the voice. “I can’t help you if I don’t know what your name is, and you can’t get up here if I don’t help you. That’s just how it is, you silly things. Don’t be so worried. I’m not going to hurt you.”

“We don’t know that,” answers WooFZee, simply. He flicks his ears, glances around as if trying to find a way out. There is nothing. The invisible staircase seems to have ended, and MeaZea has very few ideas.

The mermaid, whispering, suggests, “what if we made a deal with it?”

“Oh, I love deals,” giggles the voice. It sounds closer, now, and the two travelers are struck with the very real concern that the creature might be as invisible as the stairs. “What sort of deal? Like, are you talking about a game? Those can be a lot of fun, if you play by the right rules, and I always come up with the right rules.”

“We want to see you,” says MeaZea, firmly. “And we want to know your name before we give you ours. If you do that for us, we’ll do something for you?”

A gust of air makes MeaZea’s hair move. The voice asks, “what makes you think I’m going to want something from you?”

WooFZee barely bites back a growl. He’s filled with the strongest urge to start snapping at the air, in hopes of catching the invisible creature and ending this aggravating madness. “You already said that you wanted our names!”

“Names do give power,” muses the voice. There’s another burst of wind, this time closer to WooFZee’s tail. It makes the fur fluff up. “And I’m curious about you two strange creatures. Alright, alright! If I win, then you have to answer three of my questions, no matter what they are!”

MeaZea nods. “That sounds fa-“

“If you lie,” interrupts the voice. “I’ll know about it. I can smell lies, you fickle travelers, and I’ll know if you lie.”

“We won’t lie,” swears MeaZea, crossing her fingers over her heart.

The voice sounds smug. “If you do lie to me, I’ll knock you both off of these stairs, and I’ll figure out if you bounce! That sounds like a great way to end the game, doesn’t it? Bouncing wolves, and bouncing mermaids, and a very, very amused me!”

“We won’t lie,” repeats MeaZea, more urgently. “We’ll answer any question that you want. But if you get three of them, we should get three things too.”

More wind is whipped up as the invisible creature whips about, humming and hawing over the suggestion. Finally, it says, “alright. What do you want for your third prize?”

MeaZea holds up one finger. “We want to see you.” She holds up a second finger. “We want to know your name.” She holds up a third finger. “And we want you to promise that you won’t hurt us.”

 

Katelynn E Koontz – Author